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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 (read 253 times)
Dinosaur Bones Unearthed in Cuencaby Olivia Elson
Spain is well-known for its wealth of art and architecture from previous eras - from the impressive collection of Roman ruins in Extremadura, to 12th century Moorish monuments in Sevilla, to UNESCO World Heritage Sites guarding countless historical treasures, Spain's historical repertoire has just been extended a whole lot further with the discovery of a dinosaur skeleton in Cuenca - a town in the East of the country, midway between Madrid and Valencia, in the region of Castilla la Mancha.
The creature, which is akin to a T-Rex but with a pointed hump on its back, is the first of its kind ever to be discovered. Even more impressive is the good condition it has been found in - indeed, the skeleton is one of the most complete dinosaur remains ever dug up in Europe.
The species has been officially named the Concavenator Corcovatus, and would have been around 6 metres long, 2 metres tall and weighed some 4.5 tonnes. It is thought to have lived in the early Cretaceous period - or around 100 million years ago.
Keywords: dinosaur bones,unearthed,cuenca